People in Malawi. Editorial credit: Oxford Media Library /


Malawi holds regular elections and has undergone multiple transfers of power between political parties, though the changes were frequently a result of rifts among ruling elites rather than competition between distinct parties. Political rights and civil liberties are for the most part respected by the state. However, corruption is endemic, police brutality and arbitrary arrests are common, and discrimination and violence toward women, minority groups, and people with albinism remain problems.

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Freedom in the World — Malawi Country Report

Malawi is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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 Freedom on the Net— Malawi Country Report

Malawi is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.

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